Picking the last of the summer berries last week - a surprisingly long season this year.
Picking by the local beach, this years haul was a great change from last years view (just off the London south circular!) and the difference in taste to city berries was sublime 👌
We picked enough of these vitamin C bombs 💣 to make many many tasty dishes preparing us for autumn and the season changes. 🍂#pickingwithaview#lovewhereilive #bristol #igersbristol#clevedon #blackberries #foraging#vitaminc #vitaminsea #kidsnutrition#healthylifestyle #healthyfamily#foodasmedicine #cookingwithkids#eatseasonally #wildfood#gingerandpicklesnutrition
Harvesting the last of the seasons rhubarb and making rhubarb gin + fruit compote.
Why do I try and eat seasonally? Better for the environment, less human intervention on crops that have been naturally grown (less pesticides or GM food if it’s in season). Eating seasonally also can make it easier to eat locally, so less food that’s been airfreighted/trucked long distance. Eating seasonally means food that is more likely to have more nutrients as it has been allowed to develop and ripen naturally.
But perhaps most crucially I’m a firm believer that nature provides food that is appropriate for our bodies during that season. In winter: root vegetables as starchy carbohydrates are important for energy in a time when we can be depleted. Salad vegetables and fruit are in abundance in the summer months, to help hydrate and keep cool as well as specific antioxidants to help protect from sun damage. And in spring and autumn the immune boosters such as spring greens, garlic, onions and apples all full of nutrients which helps replenish and restore immunity when seasonal virus’ are at their highest.
Recipe: Roast some rhubarb then soak in gin for four days with some sugar. Sieve the pickled fruit and serve over natural yoghurt. 👌(Not one for the young’uns) And enjoy some rhubarby gin!
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Had such a lush Sunday last week learning more about my ongoing passion for foraging with @goforaging in Bristol. Who knew there was so much to be foraged from a beautiful local park?
This is Sorrel. Good raw in salads and often served with fish as it has a beautiful sharp, tart, citrusy taste (due to its oxalic acid content also found in rhubarb, spinach and broccoli). This oxalic acid also makes this lovely little herb ever so slightly poisonous BUT you’d have to eat a lot for it to be an issue so don’t let that put you off!
Often compared to tasting the skin of Granny Smith apples (thanks my fellow forager @jblakeleyglover for that one!) It’s extremely high in vitamin A, C (so should be AMAZING for #skinheath) with good levels of calcium, iron and potassium so many,many numerous health benefits to incorporating this little beauty until your diet. Can be found in many woodlands or like last week perhaps in a park!
I’d really recommend doing a course like this one and then buying some decent foraging books. Learning more about your local environment, connecting more with your food and generally getting out and about into nature - it totally floats my boat. ⛵️Feeling #inspired ....
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Come on the ‘rents, you got this! Back to school week for most (and in our house also starting school for one very special 4 year old 😭) So guys, it’s time to pimp up the after school snack 😎
Here’s a firm favourite in our household with all three of mine: celery with nut butter. Raw celery isn’t a veg I’d say any of us are that keen on but whack some #almondbutter on and wow that packs a nutritional and satisfying punch!
Easy and zero preparation needed. My one tip is don’t let them go mad with nut butters, yes healthy, yes full of lovely monounsaturated fats, but one can always have too much of a good thing. Moderation is key so 1 tablespoon is enough for a child. And it goes without saying, unlike the youngest G&P kiddo here, NO DOUBLE DIPPING! 🙈
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